IndyCar Series 2014
・Simon Pagenaud scores his second win of 2014 in Sunday's 1-2-3 Honda sweep
・Follows Honda win in Saturday's opening race by rookie Carlos Huertas
・Honda drivers claim five of six podium positions on the weekend.
Honda-powered Simon Pagenaud dominated Sunday's second race of the Grand Prix of Houston Presented by the Greater Houston Honda Dealers, “double header” Verizon IndyCar Series race weekend, taking a commanding lead in the second half of the 90-lap contest and maintaining his advantage though several late-race caution flags.
It was Pagenaud's second victory of 2014, following his earlier triumph at the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis in May, and Honda's fifth Indy car victory of the season. After stalking pole qualifier and early leader Helio Castroneves for the opening half of the race, Pagenaud made his move for the lead on a Lap 49 restart. Once in front, the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver was never headed, maintaining his advantage even through the final round of pit stops.
Pagenaud's rookie teammate, Mikhail Aleshin, made it the first-ever 1-2 IndyCar Series finish for the Schmidt Peterson team while yet another rookie, Jack Hawksworth, completed Sunday's podium sweep for Honda with a third-place finish for Bryan Herta Autosport.
Honda-powered rookies also starred in Saturday's opening race, won by first-year Indy car driver Carlos Huertas of Dale Coyne Racing, with Rookie of the Year leader Carlos Munoz finishing third in his Andretti Autosport Honda, behind former series champion Juan Pablo Montoya.
Today's double header race weekend in Houston started a run of six races during a four-week period. The Verizon IndyCar Series now travels to Pennsylvania for the July 6 Pocono INDYCAR 500, the second leg of the oval track “triple crown” of 500-mile races.
|1||Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|2||Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|3||Jack Hawksworth (Bryan Herta Autosport)|
|4||Charlie Kimball (Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|5||Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing)|
|6||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|7||Juan Pablo Montoya (Team Penske)|
|8||Ryan Briscoe (NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|9||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|10||Tony Kanaan (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|12||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|14||James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)|
|15||Oriol Servia／Luca Filippi (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|16||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|19||Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|20||Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)|
|22||Carlos Munoz (Andretti Autosport)|
|23||Carlos Huertas (Dale Coyne Racing)|